Published April 1, 2011 - 11:14am
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This week we had the HBO special which had former Auburn players claiming they received gifts as they were recruited. This week we also were told that someone representing Patrick Peterson was trying to shop his services to schools like Texas A&M. Really, it’s more of the same in college football, and I don’t think anyone is really that surprised.
Even more, I think fans are getting “violation fatigue” where our reaction each time is incrementally muted. Oh, Patrick Peterson, the best player in college football arguably may have been involved (or someone close to him) in some kind of pay for play situation? Stop the press.
At this point, I sort of assume anyone of any decent skill level is either getting paid or he has some sort of “recruiting service” guy that is representing him and shopping him to the schools. I mean honestly, let’s not be naive.
One of the Auburn players also claimed that he received sexual favors while being recruited by Ohio State. Are these kids not “messing around” otherwise? Unless the sexual favors were by Jim Tressel than who cares?
Frankly, the headlines are sort of boring at this point.
The story is getting sort of old and it’s probably doing more harm than good because fans are getting used to these things and are becoming less and less bothered. So, unless something big happens, maybe we should stop discussing the allegations about player X and booster Y. By big, I mean the death penalty handed down by the NCAA, or the NFL stepping in and saying any agent that tampers with college athletes is banned from The League, or again, Jim Tressel is found to be offering sexual favors to recruits. If any of those occur, sure, let’s talk about it.